ERIC Number: EJ1071700
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Melding Service Learning and Leadership Skills Development: Keys to Effective Course Design
Lester, Scott W.
Journal of Experiential Education, v38 n3 p280-295 Sep 2015
The author presents keys to designing a class that successfully melds service learning and student leadership development. These prescriptions are based on the lessons learned over 8 years of teaching a class titled "Community Leadership." This class emphasizes experiential learning and revolves around service learning projects. The article begins by describing the theoretical foundations that informed the decision making during the ongoing development of this class. Next, the planning process that occurred prior to the initial offering of the course is discussed. Feedback from researching other leadership programs, conversations with local community leaders at the outset, and feedback elicited from project liaisons and student participants in subsequent years highlighted the biggest challenges associated with facilitating student leadership development in a service learning context, informed ongoing course adjustments, and shaped the evolution of the class. The connections between the multi-source feedback, class refinements, and suggested keys to success are reviewed.
Descriptors: Service Learning, Leadership Training, Course Descriptions, Feedback (Response), Experiential Learning, Community Leaders, Instructional Design, Student Attitudes, Teacher Role, Student Projects, Assignments, Transformative Learning, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, College Students, Networks, Student Development, Community Involvement, Course Organization
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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